February 10, 2005
JFC Donates to Save the Children Relief Efforts
Jewelers for Children, the industry's charity, made a $50,000 donation to Save the Children for relief efforts in Asia after the devastating tsunami. "Our board of directors was unanimous in their decision to provide some type of relief effort support," says Terry Burman, JFC chairman. "After investigation by our charity programs committee, we felt that Save the Children's efforts best fit with our mission."
According to Save the Children, it will take five years or more for the hardest-hit communities like those in the Aceh province of Indonesia to recover. Over the long-term, the agency plans to focus on helping families and communities rebuild their lives through job-skills training and microcredit loans, repairing or rebuilding infrastructure including schools, homes and health centers and providing emotional support for tsunami survivors, especially children.
Save the Children is a leading independent humanitarian organization working in the United States and more than 40 countries around the world. Its mission is to create lasting, positive change in the lives of children in need. "We appreciate the generous support of Jewelers for Children," said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children. "This generous donation will go a long way in helping children and families rebuild their lives."
Jewelers For Children, formerly known as the Jewelers Charity Fund for Children, was founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of helping children in need. Since its inception, JFC has donated over $14 million to programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse or neglect.